Makerbot

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, Apple Watch deliveries officially arrived to the first pre-order customers, Q1 earnings were released and Google announced its wireless cell service Project Fi. These were our best stories of the week (4/18-4/24). Read More

  • Facebook Testing Caller Id App “Hello” | Crunch Report

    On today’s Crunch Report, Google announces Project Fi cell service, what your favorite apps will look like on Apple Watch, Makerbot’s uncertain future, and Facebook’s user base is flocking to mobile. Crunch Report airs Monday through Friday at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. Read More

  • Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

  • Securing A Huge Growth Round

    Securing A Huge Growth Round

    Pitching VCs is a serious challenge at any stage, but asking for a $30-60 million check is usually the sale of a founder’s life. Convincing an investor to accept a valuation that most normal people think you’d deserve in a year’s time (at best) piles on the challenge. I’ve recently been working with a few of our portfolio companies on these kinds of deals and wanted… Read More

  • MakerBot CEO Moves Into Leadership Role At Parent Company Stratasys

    MakerBot CEO Moves Into Leadership Role At Parent Company Stratasys

    More juggling at MakerBot as current CEO Jenny Lawton moves to Stratasys to become executive vice president Special Projects, a leadership role inside the 3D printer company’s parent. Lawton, who took over from founding CEO Bre Pettis last August, sees the move as an opportunity to take a “strategic global position” in the parent company. “It’s a real opportunity… Read More

  • The Internet Applied To Things And The Third Industrial Revolution

    The Internet Applied To Things And The Third Industrial Revolution

    There’s a new vanguard creating the future of the U.S. manufacturing economy. Companies like MakerBot, TechShop and Kickstarter are playing a large part in fixing the breakdown between historical industrialized employment and manufacturing models, which people still depend on for work, and the more flat and networked world in which we now live. Read More

  • Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Thingiverse, Makerbot’s collection of public 3D models, is one of the keys to its continued success. However, thus far it has been a fairly lonely affair with users uploading their models and interacting with individuals only rarely. Now there’s Thingiverse Groups, a small tweak that lets you create an online group of like-minded makers. Quoth the Makerbot blog: Our new… Read More

  • Incoming MakerBot CEO Is Focused on Perfecting Their Ecosystem

    Makerbot CEO Jenny Lawton On Ramping Up A Fast-Moving Company

    3D printer company Makerbot experienced almost exponential growth. After a few years in a cramped Brooklyn warehouse, the team grew from 20 to 600 in a few short years and the company was bought by Stratasys, a major player in the professional printing space. Makerbot’s new CEO, Jenny Lawton, sat down with us to talk a bit about what it meant to be a global company and how it felt… Read More

  • MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Launches Bold Machines, A Workshop For 3D-Printed Stuff

    MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Launches Bold Machines, A Workshop For 3D-Printed Stuff

    After a slightly surprising move away from a managerial role at MakerBot, former CEO Bre Pettis has finally announced what he’s working on: Bold Machines, an “Innovation Workshop” for MakerBot parent company Stratasys. Designed to be a creative skunkworks for the 3D printing company, Bold Machines will design cool 3D prints, work with artists and inventors, and even make movies. Read More

  • Join Us For A Screening Of Print The Legend, A Movie About Makerbot And Formlabs, On Sunday

    Join Us For A Screening Of Print The Legend, A Movie About Makerbot And Formlabs, On Sunday

    If you like 3D printing and you’re free on Sunday night, I’d like to take you to a movie. Print The Legend is an amazing (and dramatic) tale of Makertbot, Formlabs, and 3D printing in general. You can grab tickets right here and I’ll be leading a panel discussion afterwards with Co-Director J. Clay Tweel, Executive Producer Walter Kortschak, and Co-Producer Andrew Kortschak. Read More

  • Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis Will Move To Create Innovation Lab Using Stratasys Tools

    Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis Will Move To Create Innovation Lab Using Stratasys Tools

    Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot, is stepping down to create a co-branded Stratasys/Makerbot “innovation lab” where he will use 3D printers to work with artists, designers, and makers. Makerbot President Jenny Lawton will move into the CEO position and Pettis will be on the Makerbot board of directors. Read More

  • Makerbot Releases Zee, A Blank Canvas For Artists

    Makerbot Releases Zee, A Blank Canvas For Artists

    Not content with selling the best-selling consumer 3D printer on the market, Makerbot is working hard to become a force in just-in-time design and alternative art. Zee is a small figure inspired by paintable toys like Kid Robot’s Munny, Zee is designed to be printed out and decorated. It is available on Makerbot’s digital store for 99 cents. Zee is part of Makerbot’s effort… Read More

  • Stratasys Sales Surged This Quarter Thanks To The Power Of Home 3D Printing

    Stratasys Sales Surged This Quarter Thanks To The Power Of Home 3D Printing

    Stratasys announced some impressive second quarter numbers today, noting that the company saw $178.46 million in revenue this quarter compared to $156.61 million last quarter. Profit also rose from $18 million last year to $27.99 million this year. That’s huge. To what does Stratasys owe this pleasure? Makerbot. After buying the company for $403 million last year, the high-end 3D… Read More

  • MakerBot Launches A European Branch

    MakerBot Launches A European Branch

    MakerBot wants to take over the world, but you can’t take over the world without leaving home base. This morning, MakerBot announced that they’re formally launching a European arm of their company. It’s called… wait for it… MakerBot Europe. Read More

  • MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    Home Depot is redefining the term DIY now that MakerBot printers and scanners are available in some retail locations. As part of a pilot program (pdf link), the 3D printers will sold and demonstrated in 12 stores throughout California, Illinois and New York. Home Depot started selling the printers on its website three months ago. The latest generation of the Replication, the new Replicator… Read More

  • MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    MakerBot Now Shipping Massive Z18 3D Printer

    When MakerBot announced the Z18 printer last January at CES, there wasn’t much of a shipping date. Now, however, the company has begun shipping the massive 3D printer to customers who have pre-ordered thus far and expect to ship from their Brooklyn factory in six to eight weeks for new orders. Read More

  • MakerBot Responds To Critics Who Claim It Is Stealing Community IP

    MakerBot Responds To Critics Who Claim It Is Stealing Community IP

    MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis made an official statement regarding the claims that the company has patented a number of community-created 3D printing improvements and tools. The claims emerged after a number of MakerBot patents appeared online. “At MakerBot we file patents. There is a Patent Office and patent process and we have chosen, since the beginning of MakerBot, to participate in… Read More

  • The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    The Next Open Source Battle Is Being Waged In The 3D Printing Industry

    After its creation in 1991 it took another eight years or so to be widely recognized, but during that period, arguments arose as to what Linux really was. Could Red Hat, a company founded in 1993, sell services around it? Who made money when you sold a CD containing the latest version of Mandrake Linux? Who owned code written on top of Linux for specific purposes? To the open source community… Read More

  • Autodesk Announces A Cheap, Open-Source 3D Printer Called The Spark

    Autodesk Announces A Cheap, Open-Source 3D Printer Called The Spark

    Autodesk has been moving decisively in the home 3D printing space, buying 3D modeling software Tinkercad and releasing apps to help amateur modelers create 3D goodies using their phones. Now they have somewhere to send all those 3D models: a new 3D printer called the Spark. The project is two-pronged. First, Spark will exist as a platform that users can build upon and use to render 3D prints. Read More

  • MakerBot Patents An Automatic Filament Switching System While Parent Company Stratasys Enjoys A Financial Bump

    MakerBot Patents An Automatic Filament Switching System While Parent Company Stratasys Enjoys A Financial Bump

    A MakerBot patent shows that the company is working on a dual-filament solution that can change print colors on the fly. By leading the filaments through the heated extruder using a sort of “slider” system, the patent suggests that future MakerBots should be able to change colors mid-print, a vast improvement over current dual-color solutions. Current dual-filament solutions use… Read More

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